I don’t really understand why many cyclists use turbo trainers in the winter. I can’t stand mine for longer than an hour at a time, so it’s only really any use for intervals. I’ve spent the winter riding for long periods and building a base – if I rode for 4 hours on an indoor trainer, sheltered from the bad weather or not, I’d probably curl up and die of utter boredom. When it gets to this time of year I find it really useful for doing the stuff that you just can’t do on the road without risking getting run over by a bus whilst your lungs try to eject themselves through your chest, your throat starts to bleed and your eyes fill with sweat. Ok, it’s not quite that bad 😉


Anyway, I’ve started using the torture machine again for the first time in months. I completed a relatively short interval session on it at the weekend and it came as a bit of a shock. Hopefully it’ll get “easier” thus allowing me to do longer sessions. I’ve also started to do more hill repeats – last night’s road ride consisted of a hilly 35 mile warm-up followed by some repeats on the horrible northern side of the hill at Affetside.

The ride (not the reps) was good fun, despite getting another soaking and almost getting t-boned by a pillock who either didn’t realise I was doing 30mph or just wanted to scare me. I’m wearing orange and I’ve got a stupidly-bright LED on the front of the bike so he must have seen me. Eejit.

Observant readers will also notice the running and rowing mileage totals have been increasing too J


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  1. turbo trainers are the work of the devil, but as you say, are just about the safest way of practising the whole “flat out sprint” thing. Can’t say i’ve ever managed to make my throat bleed on one though, i’m presuming you’ve just stepped it up a notch. good work 😉

    oh: real men just suffer the miserable weather outside through the winter so, come summer, they have skin of leather and perfect 1000-yard stares

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